OECD-ITF & CPLC Expert Workshop
on Economic Impacts of Carbon Pricing in International Maritime Transport
On 8-9 January 2018, the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) and the OECD’s International Transport Forum (OECD-ITF) jointly convened a workshop on the “Economic Impacts of Carbon Pricing in International Maritime Transport”. The event was convened in light of the upcoming Initial Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Strategy of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), expected to be adopted in April 2018. In the context of the IMO, climate change mitigation action has been hindered, by – among other issues – a concern that efforts to mitigate GHG emissions from international maritime transport could increase transport costs and result in unintended adverse economic consequences which impose a disproportionate burden on certain countries relative to their responsibility and capability. The workshop was intended as an evidence-based discussion to pool experience gained and explore a common understanding on methods for examining potential shipping GHG mitigation induced transport cost increases, and any resulting economic impacts or incidence on individual countries. The event was not convened to discuss the merits or disadvantages associated with particular measures or policies.